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Week 3 in review: Nokia 6 sold out, more pieces of the Galaxy S8

With the Galaxy S8 announcement drawing ever closer it is no wonder that we are seeing an influx of leaks and rumors, regarding the flagship. Among these is a pretty detailed blueprint of the handsets we got a few days ago. Besides and almost bezel-less front panels, fans can also look forward to an improved selfie camera, with autofocus and an impressively clever new AI assistant, titled Bixby. However, the Galaxy S8 won't come cheap and will likely set you back a whopping EUR 850. If that is way too steep for your liking and you would rather stick to a current Samsung phone, there is...

A pair of new smartphones from Huawei and Honor pass through TENAA

Every time we report on Huawei and its Honor sub-brand, we tend to pay close attention to a given device's affiliation to one or the other, since the two parties have made the case that they are quite independent, on more than one occasion. Perfectly aware of that point, we still can't help but get a little bit confused when we come across leaks, like the two TENAA certification pages currently at hand. Honor DUK-TL30 One is for a Honor-branded device, bearing the model number - "DUK-TL30". Just like the Honor 6X, which was also recently announced and is now part of an...

HTC's Android Wear smartwatch project might still be alive

Rumors of HTC's dip into the smartwatch realm go all the way back to 2015, when we first heard of a device codenamed "halfbeak". After that initial wave of excitement, little was actually heard of the alleged wearable, until today. Out of the blue, a working HTC-branded unit was spotted in a rather extensive photo set on Weibo. HTC halfbeak Even back in 2015, little information about halfbeak actually got out. The device was either in way too early stages of development of very well hidden. Most sources did, however, suggest a flat tire style display, with a resolution of...

ZTE BA602 with quad-core CPU and 5.5-inch display spotted on TENAA

A new ZTE smartphone has been spotted on the website of the Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA. Listed as BA602, the device is powered by an SoC with quad-core, 1.25GHz processor, and sports a 5.5-inch HD display. RAM options include 1GB ,2GB, and 3GB, while storage options include 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. In terms of camera, the phone features an 8MP rear unit and a 2MP front shooter. Measuring 153.3 × 77 × 8.6mm and weighing in at 168g, the BA602 runs Android 6.0 and packs in a 3,000mAh battery. Color options include quicksand gold, galaxy silver, phantom gray, quiet blue, and...

January security update starts hitting Sony Xperia X and X Compact

Sony has started pushing out a new update to its Xperia X and X Compact smartphones (all variants). Arriving as build number 34.2.A.0.292, the update brings along Android security fixes for the month of January. Aside from the latest security patch, it isn't known what other changes (if any) are included in the update. In case you missed, the Xperia X units that are part of the company's Concept for Android program also received the January update recently. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take some time before the update hits your device. Meanwhile, if you feel...

Lineage OS is now officially picking up where CyanogenMod left off

CyanogenMod is dead, long live Lineage OS! Questionable puns aside, we are happy to report that things appear to be going smoothly for the guys behind the Android realm's most popular custom ROM and their new initiative - Lineage OS. A recent status update by the team reaffirms its dedication and confirms that various parties have graciously stepped up to assist with all the needed infrastructure to keep the development process and builds delivery going. With that sorted out, LineageOS builds for "Marshmallow and Nougat capable devices" (likely referring to models already capable...

New Motorola phone with Snapdragon 835 SoC, and Android 7.1.1 spotted on Geekbench

A new Motorola phone has appeared on the Geekbench benchmarking website. Listed as Motorola XT1650, the device - the listing reveals - is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset, and has 4GB of RAM. Aside from this, the listing also reveals that the device runs Android Nougat version 7.1.1. Sadly, nothing else is currently known about this flagship at the moment, but given the model number (XT1650), it could well be the Moto Z (2017). Source | Via

This battery case will give your LG V20 more than 5 days life

The LG V20 has a 3,200 mAh battery that can easily get you through the day without any trouble. But if you are more extreme and power user probably even this wouldn't be enough. And instead of buying a secondary battery, why don't you actually consider the ZeroLemon option. The case company released on Amazon their case at just $60. It comes with a 10,000mAh battery that goes in the same slot where the usual one goes. The removable back metal panel of V20 is substituted by the rubber bumper case that goes around the whole device plus, of course, the enormous...

Global rollout of Honor 8 Nougat update begins

After rolling out to unlocked units in Japan this week, the Huawei Honor 8 Nougat update has now started hitting units in several other countries as well. It's a heavy update that weighs in at around 2.23GB, and brings along EMUI 5.0, which debuted on the Mate 9. The update that rolled out in Japan was under 2GB in size, and it also included some system-related optimizations, stability-related improvements, and better app versatility. So, while it's currently not known exactly what the global update brings along (aside from EMUI 5.0), it's safe to assume that a lot of other changes are...

Humongous 18.4-inch Nokia tablet spotted on GFXBench

If you somehow missed the good news, 2017 greeted us with Nokia's long-anticipated return to the smartphone scene. The mid-range Nokia 6 Android handset is already a reality and marks HMD Global's first effort at managing the legendary brand. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding the handset in question, ranging from international availability to possible future software efforts, like an AI assistant. However, one thing is for sure - the Nokia 6 has already stirred up a lot of excitement in the mobile realm, and sparked numerous speculations on other upcoming Nokia phones, like the...

Amazon India is currently running some great deals on phones and other tech

Amazon India is now well into the second day of its "Great Indian Sale" promotion and the deals are now arguably at their peak, as far as mobile tech goes. Lenovo and its subsidiary Motorola seem to be at the forefront of the event. You can save a whopping INR 2,000 from a 16GB Moto G4 Plus, which we found to be an excellent budget offer in our review. The Lenovo Z2 Plus appears to be an equally compelling offer, with a price reduction of INR 2,500. Moto G4 Plus - 2GB RAM/16GB storage - INR 11,499 - INR 2,000 off Moto G4 Plus - 3GB RAM/32GB storage - INR 13,999 - INR 1,000...

Nougat for LG G5 arrives in Philippines

LG has announced that the Nougat update (Android 7.0) for its G5 flagship has now started hitting units in the Philippines. The announcement was made by the South Korean company's Philippines subsidiary on Twitter. Life's good and even made better with the #LGG5 now available in the latest OS, Android 7.0 Nougat. Don't miss out on the sweetest update! pic.twitter.com/LhiaFFhWSF— LG Philippines (@LGPhilippines) January 21, 2017 It's been a while since the G5 Nougat update started rolling out globally. South Korea was the first country to get it, followed by the US, Europe, Brazil,...

Gionee F5L passes TENAA with octa-core CPU, 4,000mAh battery

A new Gionee smartphone has been certified by the Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA. Listed as F5L, the device is powered by an SoC with octa-core, 1.5GHz processor, and sports a 5.3-inch HD display. RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is listed as 32GB. In terms of camera, the phone features a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. Measuring 150 × 74.5 × 7.7mm and weighing in at 162g, the F5L runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and packs in a large, 4,000mAh battery. Color options include white and gold. Source (translated)

Huawei Honor launches a smartphone review program for fans

Huawei started a campaign for their Honor 6X branded device in UK. They launched a product review program, giving five lucky fans the opportunity to test and win the Honor 6X. In order to participate, you should register until January 26, explaining why you should be one of the reviewers. Over the course of one month five lucky people will be briefed by Honor to test three key features of the Honor 6X, including the dual-lens camera and the battery time of 2.2 days that Huawei promises. Reviewers also have to be able to put the device to its power limits in order to test the...

vivo V5 Plus pre-orders are live in India

The vivo V5 Plus, which was made official just a few days back, is now up for pre-order in India through offline retail stores. According to local retailer retailer Mahesh Telecom, those pre-booking the phone - which costs INR 2,7980 (around $410) - will also get a complementary VR box. New launch Pre -Book the new #Vivo #V5Plus & Get complimentary VR box- MOP Rs.27980/- only pic.twitter.com/aWNtmIkDeV— Mahesh Telecom (@MAHESHTELECOM) January 20, 2017 The handset is set to be officially launched in India on Monday. Specs-wise, the V5 Plus is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC...

HTC shows ‘U' how to enable night mode on the HTC U Ultra

HTC announced its new lineup of U devices, including the HTC U Ultra, late last week with a new image for HTC. After concluding its press conference in Taipei, HTC's YouTube account was updated with a few new promo videos with sizzle videos and uplifting footage. Yesterday, another video about the HTC U was uploaded, specifically on how to enable night mode on the HTC U. The video explains it all quite quickly with some questionable acting. We think the best part is after the camera zooms into the phone at 0:12 seconds, the girl in the video had the laptop open to HTC's U Ultra...

Low-end LG X230 gets Bluetooth certified

The LG X230, which had appeared in benchmark listings back in October last year, has now been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Several models of the handset have been certified, indicating a global release for the device. As is the case usually, the Bluetooth listing for the phone doesn't reveal any of its key specs. However, the Geekbench listing had revealed Mediatek MT6737M chipset, 1GB RAM, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, suggesting that it's a low-end phone. No information on pricing and availability so far. Via | Geekbench

Android Pay to support PayPal cards and Visa Checkout, v1.13 APK teardown reveals

Android Pay has recently been updated to version 1.13, and while this didn't add many new changes to the payment app's interface or otherwise, an APK teardown reveals more about the future capabilities of Android Pay. The mobile payment app will (at some time in the future) allow users to add their PayPal cards and the ability to support Visa Checkout. Thanks to a deal previously established between PayPal and Discover, places where Discover is normally accepted would enable these terminals with PayPal support. A similar deal returned the favor which allows PayPal access to Discover's...

iOS 11 may finally allow group FaceTime video calls

Ever since its introduction in 2010, Apple's FaceTime has only supported video calls between two parties. That, however, might finally change this year. According to a yet-unconfirmed report from Israel, Apple is going to make group FaceTime calls a feature of iOS 11. The new version of the mobile operating system will probably be unveiled, like clockwork, at the company's annual WWDC conference in the summer. It should then go through the usual phase of developer-focused and public betas before being released for everyone in the fall, around the time the new iPhones launch. The...